Monthly Archives: September, 2017

Histories of Alliance

There is a long history of activists committed to nonviolent principles trying to find common cause with those on the same side of their struggle who choose violent means. I published an academic essay about this last year, and have written a more popular version in light of Charlottesville for Truthout. This new version lacks some of the subtlety and complexity of the original (and I’d prefer a different title), but the point remains the same: those of us who oppose all forms of violence (by individuals, or the state, or corporations, and in forms personal or systemic or environmental) have to be able to hold alliances with people who engage in violent acts who share our ultimate aims of ending the ongoing violence of racism, fascism, environmental destruction, and other forms of oppression. We can oppose violence without opposing each other, this long history teaches us. These two pieces explore the tradition of this position from William Lloyd Garrison to Gandhi to Du Bois to MLK to clergy today.

Fall Update

A few projects have come out over the summer, and some new ones are on the horizon. My essay on Meleko Mokgosi (originally published in ARTMargins) has been reprinted as the catalog essay for his show at the Williams College Museum of Art. I also published an essay on contemporary photography and the politics of art criticism in Temporary Art Review, as well as a short review of the work of Alexandre da Cunha in Flash Art. Finally, I was a participant in a forum on Michael Allan’s In the Shadow of World Literature on the Social Science Research Council’s Immanent Frame blog with the contribution, “The Contested Worlds of World Literature.”

On the horizon: my essay “Performing Conjectural History (Of Hegel and Others)” will be included in Intersubjectivity Volume 2, edited by Lou Cantor and Katherine Rochester, available from Sternberg Press in early 2018. A few short essays, one on political organization and art criticism and another on the history of non-violence, will be out soon and linked here. Research Service, my academic-artist hybrid group with Danny Snelson and Mashinka Firunts, is returning for a panel at CAA in February, organized by Carmen Winant. Mashinka and I are also organizing a panel about criticism and politics for ACLA in March. Abstracts are due by September 21 — interested participants can find out more here. Last but not least, my manuscript of Unbearable Identities is advancing through the review process, and I hope to have an update on that soon as well.

In the meantime, I have returned from my research period in Brazil and taken up my position as Lecturer in the Writing Program at Princeton University. My theme for this year’s seminars is “American Intellectuals.”